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7 Things to do in KL this weekend during RMCO: 18 & 19 July 2020

7 Things to do in KL this weekend during RMCO: 18 & 19 July 2020

Out in the norm

Text: Ronn Tan

Image: @fight4ourplanet_org

The weekend is coming up and as Malaysia continues to observe the RMCO, we've rounded up a few things you can do in KL that could make it more worthwhile than usual

1. Join online cooking classes with award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs on Airbnb

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The recently unveiled curated collection of Online Cooking Experiences provides a peek behind the counter at the unique recipes and techniques of top-rated chefs. They will also guide you in whipping up a culinary storm in your very own kitchen. Chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut— the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant—hosts Secrets of a Michelin-starred Chef.  To celebrate the hidden diversity in Southeast Asia, Chef Malcolm Lee will kickstart the class with an introduction of the ingredients (how to prep them, what substitutes you can use, and what other dishes you can cook with them) as well as share tips and tricks. You will be learning to cook his signature Yeye Crab Curry.

The collection also includes David Chang (of Momofuku Restaurant Group), Marc Favier (Marcore in Paris, France), Christina Bowerman (of Glass Hostaria in Rome, Italy), and many more.

For more information, visit this website.

2. Luxuriate and indulge with the Sunday Retox Brunch at W Kuala Lumpur

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The reopening of W KL also means the return of its popular Sunday Retox Brunch at Flock—with social distancing, of course. In addition to creative cocktail experiences, you can expect a star-studded variety of dishes concocted with locally sourced ingredients. Feast on an array of cold seafood offerings, sushi, sashimi, antipasti, charcuterie, cheeses, and mains off the grill. There will also be healthy options and desserts.

Available from 1pm to 3pm, the Sunday Retox Brunch on 19 July is priced at RM198 nett per person for food with non-alcoholic drinks; and RM298 nett per person for food with alcoholic drinks (crafted cocktails, house pouring wine, and beers). To make a reservation, call 012 347 9088 or email [email protected]

For more information, visit this website.

3. Take part in the #Fight4OurPlanet campaign

A collaboration with Persatuan Patriots Kebangsaan, Nest Nature Education Society, Free Tree Society, Friends of Taman Tugu, and Leo Burnett Malaysia, the initiative is launched in conjunction with International Climate Change Day. A social challenge was initiated to get each person to plant a tree, and tag four other friends to do the same on social media—with the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2025. The campaign was kickstarted by public figures such as Anis Nabillah, Deborah Henry, Zamaera, Jehan Miskin, and Jinny Boy.

The fight against climate change cannot be neglected. This weekend, why not plant a tree and tag your friends on social media to do the same? One tree absorbs 21.8 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide. If each Malaysian planted a tree, we could absorb 687.4 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide each year.

For more information, visit this website.

4. Visit The Back Room for CC Kua's solo exhibition, All By Myself

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Photo by CC Kua

Running from 18 July to 9 August 2020 at The Back Room, the exhibition—curated by Sharmin Parameswaran—follows CC Kua’s Southeast Asian Arts Residency Programme at Rimbun Dahan from January to May 2020. Take a humorous and whimsical glimpse through CC’s lens; combined with her thoughts on her experience amidst the lush tropical rainforest garden of Rimbun Dahan, and juxtaposed against a sense of anxiety as a result of the ongoing global health crisis. 

According to CC herself, "I often try to capture first-hand impressions or feelings, and not what I’m looking at directly. We live in an image-saturated world, with each of us having a 'visual bank’ in our minds. To create, we will need to be conscious of this bank, and throw it out. Do not be lazy to see differently." The Back Room is open from 12pm to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday. From Tuesday to Friday, viewing is by appointment only (call 016 660 2585).

For more information, visit this website.

5. Go for afternoon tea with the Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur and Halcyon Days' British Afternoon Tea Set at Altitude

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Priced at RM148 per person (inclusive of RM100 Halcyon Days gift card) and available from 15 July to 31 August 2020 (3pm to 5pm), you will be able feast on popular tea time delights such as Coronation Chicken and Smoked Salmon Sandwiches, Classic and Raisin Scones served with authentic clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, Lemon Meringue Tarts, Battenburg, as well as Victoria Sandwiches—all treats that are carefully curated by Head Pastry Chef Fodil Baghal. 

In addition to quintessential sweet and savoury afternoon tea delights, you will also be enjoying them with the finest enamelware on display by Halcyon Days. The British Afternoon Tea is paired with a selection of gourmet coffee by illy Caffè and fine teas by Harney & Sons. For reservations, call 03 2113 1823.

For more information, visit this website.

6. Watch Chelsea Ng perform live on Facebook Live and YouTube Live with Jao Tim's Live At Jao Tim

On Friday (17 July 2020), Chelsea Ng's live performance with Jao Tim will be broadcasted live from Jao Tim's venue across Facebook and YouTube—starting at 9pm. Exclusive viewing tickets are limited to 40 only and can be purchased from Jao Tim's website. They are priced at RM80 each. 

For more information, visit this website.

7. Check out new restaurants and cafes in Kuala Lumpur

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Photo by Jibby Group

Every month, we compile of a roundup of the latest dining joints to visit in Kuala Lumpur and July is no different. On the list this month are seven amazing spots—all unique and brilliant in their own respective ways. For Japanese fare, check out Shin Haru Tei or Fifty Tales for classic Chinese noodles. There's Element Fresh if you prefer a menu filled with international concoctions and M'Laboori Cafe for a relaxing timeout while you munch on local treats. For Italian cuisine, head over to A.Zeta Kitchen in Bangsar or Jibby By The Park for brunch and beautiful Instagrammable shots. Last but not least, if you're looking for a speakeasy coffee house, C'est La Vie Cafe Bar is the spot for you.

For the full list, click here.

For last week's list of 7 Things To Do, click here.