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Edit:  Good news for IMU students: Get 15% off when you visit myBurgerLab between 9th December 2014 to 14th December 2014! Hurry and take advantage of the offer!

Of Start-up Leaders & Burger Indulgence

Inspired by the epicurean experience gained from foreign lands, a trio of entrepreneurial spirit aspired to create an impact on the food and beverages (F&B) industry in Malaysia. A member of the trio, Wee Kiat, was the man of whom I had the chance to chat with just before the opening hours of their maiden project, myBurgerLab.

Ren Yi, Chang Ming and Wee Kiat established their very first burger-centric restaurant, myBurgerLab in July 2012, only 2 years after their graduation. With a norm of restaurateurs boasting admirable culinary background, the young graduates broke the glass ceiling when they emerge successful in the F&B industry with engineering and finance background. Started with the sales of 180 burgers per night, the diner has since grown exponentially and expanded to Overseas Union Garden (OUG) and Sunway with the support of their legion of student staffs – the energetic, vibrant and people-centric ‘Geeks’.

The dynamic trio started out with merely renting their friend’s diner in Publika to conduct a product testing with friends and family. Since then, they paved their way into a community-based business in SeaPark, Petaling Jaya by baking their very own charcoal black buns, grinding their own patties from Australian meat, oven-roasting cherry tomatoes, garnishing with American-imported cheese and mixing their own sauces – up until today.

Why the name myBurgerLab?

Usage of ‘my’ is intended to give a personal touch to customers and due to the experimental nature of the recipes, the word ‘Lab’ is incorporated thereafter.

Alright, let’s get down to business. THE FOOD.


Having heard about Beautiful Mess as the best beef burger in town, I decided to give it a go.

The crispy sharp cheddar snapped between my teeth as the salty, creamy flavor of cheese mingles with the fluffiness of freshly baked charcoal bun; a balance of texture at its finest. The brilliantly moist beef patty paired off nicely with lush, crunchy lettuce and honey mustard sauce. Tucked beneath the irresistible sunny-side up egg with dripping golden yolk goodness, were the fried Portobello mushroom strips. Each and every strip of the mushroom was perfectly crispy on the outside, thick and succulent on the inside.

The only down-side to the meaty creation was the slight imbalance of flavour. The saltiness of sharp cheddar and fried Portobello mushroom strips somewhat over-powered the glory of the otherwise, well-seasoned beef patty.

Overall, the RM18 burger was a value-for-money indulgence. The bold coordination of high-quality ingredients, the burst of flavours and the blend of textures are no wonder Beautiful Mess became the talk of the town!

Kick In the Face (RM16.50) is a feisty stimulation for the adventurous; The tangy and spicy creation involves mustard-grilled beef patty with peppery Jalapenos and Horseradish sauce garnishing. The savoury flavour was balanced off with a creamy slice of sharp cheddar, topped with sweet sautéed onions.

Spicy Hawaiian 2.0 (RM15) are made for chicken-lovers. The tender, succulent grilled chicken, in my friend, Dev’s exact word, “melts in the mouth”. Layered with velvety Swiss cheese and finely-sliced Shiitake mushrooms, the creation was meant to deliver a full-bodied bite. What’s more, the sweet-and-sour tang of juicy pineapple rings is infused into the melting pound of succulence.




 Nikol Goh (ME214)

Seriously macho foodophile coming through!


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Written by Ivanova Anjani

I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.’I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.

– Lois Lowry, ‘The Giver’

I couldn’t remember a time when I didn’t groan in distaste anytime any of my language teachers assigned a mandatory book for the whole class to read. Not that I’m against reading books. In fact, I indulge in doing it. Which is also probably why having someone force you to read could be so irritating. It’s hard to enjoy things when you have no choice but to do it. Plenty of the books that were shoved into my sweaty palms were just copyrighted pages of chores. So it was quite a surprise to me when I was introduced to The Giver.

The Giver is, and has always been, a controversial book. It’s partially a book about the Sameness, a term given to the setting of the book. The characters live in a ‘utopia’ of literal monochrome. Every aspect of life is being controlled to the point that people can no longer discern colors. No one has to worry about global warming since climate has been made into a myth. The future they live in comes with the perks of having peace and no pain, but sacrificing every sliver of passion, love and free-will – not even memories of such things – that may have lingered on anything that exists.


What it is actually about is the coming of age of Jonas, a contradiction to the Sameness. Jonas is special. When all his friends were assigned to regular jobs in his Community, Jonah was picked to be the Receiver of Memories, a mysterious line of work that required the 11-year-old to be secluded away from everyone he knew. Jonas was put under the mentorship of the Giver. Under the Giver, Jonas was taught how to see the world in its true colors, literally and figuratively. Slowly, Jonas was able to see that there was something horribly wrong with his utopia.

Lois Lowry has written a wonderful book. Its literature makes you question the necessity of control and the consequences to a perfect world. Sure, many similar dystopian books have been published to rave reviews, but none quite like The Giver. Lowry successfully established a believable parallel universe. Jonas’’ rude awakening was accompanied by moving descriptions and convincing characters. However, the most magical thing about The Giver is its ability to connect with an audience like my high-school self: young and still superficial. The book was able to make a reluctant youth reader comply with the unusual circumstances in the book. I was able to understand, to relate, to what Jonas was experiencing. Even my less than bookish friends admitted that they enjoyed reading it.

The Giver has been around for over two decades but with the current string of Hunger Games-esque dystopian settings, a slow-paced dystopian book that can deliver its message as well as any should be a breath of fresh air that’s worth experiencing.

PS. The Giver is a good example of a book that’s better than its big screen adaptation!


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Velaiyilla Pattathari (VIP) (English: Unemployed Graduate) stars Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Saranya Ponvannan, and Samuthirakani. The story revolves around Raghuvaran (Dhanush), a graduate in Civil Engineering, who has been unemployed  for four years, and still looking for a job. His younger brother Karthik (Hrishikesh) has a great job in an IT company. Raghuvaran constantly faces rejection from various engineering companies. One day, his mother passed away due to a heart attack. He slowly falls into a deep depression and is constantly wracked with guilt over not answering a phone call which could have saved her life. He eventually falls for his neighbour’s daughter, Shalini (Amala Paul), who initially dislikes him, but warms up to him after sympathizing with his difficulties. Raghuvaran strives hard to get the best possible job and put himself on the right track, but is faced with many obstacles from different rivals along the way. Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

Will Raghuvaran finally be able to redeem himself and find happiness with the right job, partner and family?

VIP is a satisfaction-guaranteed film for all Tamil movie fans (and not to mention, die hard Dhanush fans)! A heavy script, carried by Dhanush himself, relies on much of his body language and expressions – which are totally impeccable. This film profoundly explains the predicament of the unemployed which is a relatable experience amongst many graduates. The superb cinematography and catchy music truly got off my seat and wanting to dance. Dhanush keeps his fans hooked and the audience entertained throughout the movie with his charm. Die-hard fans of Dhanush (and possibly new ones) – you definitely do not want to miss this one!

” …you definitely do not want to miss this one!”

I watched this Tamil movie during the Diwali Week Movie Screening without any subtitles but it was awesome as the movie storyline moved me! Amazingly, I stayed in the theatre hall for the whole three hours!


Firdaus A (BP114)

A subtle writer, Gaga fanatic, and an infamous bathroom singer.





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Are you a fan of astrophotography?

Born in 1963,  51 year-old Thierry Cohen has been working as a professional photographer since 1985 and is  a pioneer in the use of digital techniques. He lives and works in Paris. Through his eyes, you can feel the breath of the cities, the soul of light and are able to embrace the beauty of the world. One of his recent projects, ‘Villes éteintes (Darkened Cities)’ shows us what we might see if the sights we know were to be illuminated purely by the stars.

In the words of Cohen, the loss of starry skies due to pollution have created urbanites who “forget and no longer understand nature. To show him stars is to help him dream again.”

To view the complete collection of this project, check out his website.

All rights reserved by Thierry Cohen.

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The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film featured human characters animated using live action performance capture technique, with the exception of the dancing waiters who dispense hot chocolate on the train, because their feats were impossible for live actors to achieve. The film stars Daryl Sabara, Nona Gaye, Jimmy Bennett, and Eddie Deezen, with Tom Hanks in six distinct roles. The film also included a performance by Tinashe at age 9, who later gained exposure as a pop singer in 2010, as the CGI-model for the female protagonist.

The film was made at a budget of $165 million, a record breaking sum for an animated feature at the time (2004).

The film was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment in association with Shangri-La Entertainment, ImageMovers, Playtone and Golden Mean, for Warner Bros. Pictures. The visual effects and performance capture were done at Sony Pictures Imageworks. The film was made at a budget of $165 million, a record breaking sum for an animated feature at the time. The studio first released the film in both conventional and IMAX 3D theaters on November 10, 2004. It received mixed reviews from critics but still went on to gross $307 million worldwide, a very good gross for an animated film, but was still not a box office hit due to its huge $165 million budget. The Polar Express is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2006 as the first all-digital capture film. This is Castle Rock Entertainment’s first animated film.

Cited from the Wikipedia page of the film

“Go with the flow and enjoy whatever it may bring because life can be fantastically adventurous if you are daring enough!”

This is the very first movie I watched in a cinema with my family. Most of the scenes are still ringing in my head that it makes me believe Santa Claus exists. The story starts when a little boy hops onto a mysterious Polar Express which pulls up in front of his house in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Just like any other kid, he has no sense of danger and fear, and that leads him to meeting Santa Claus. He was the lucky kid who is selected to go on a trip on the reindeer with Santa Claus! At that scene, I told myself that I am going to be like him. Go with the flow and enjoy whatever it may bring because life can be fantastically adventurous if you are daring enough! I have come to accept the fact that Santa Claus is not real but one thing I know is that the creator of life exists and anyone who dares to dream will see it come true!

Rating: 6.6/10.0

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Album: X (pronounced ‘multiply’!)

Singer: Ed Sheeran

1. One
2. I’m a mess
3. Sing
4. Don’t
5. Nina
6. Photograph
7. Bloodstream
8. Tenerife Sea
9. Runaway
10. The Man
11.Thinking Out Loud
12. Afire Love
13. Take It Back
14. Shirtsleeves
15. Even My Dad Does Sometimes
16. I See Fire

Billboard Rating: 81

Right from the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated his skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. “The A Team,” from Sheeran’s debut album, “+” (pronounced “plus”), cloaked its harrowing subject matter in a sensual melody, a nifty trick that has helped the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter transition from pub-playing troubadour to arena act in roughly three years. The accented yearn of his vocal delivery distinguishes him from other aspiring folkies, but Sheeran’s real gift lies in his writing — his lyrics’ attention to detail and unorthodox phrasing in particular. As the title implies, “x” (pronounced “multiply”), Sheeran’s highly anticipated follow-up, ups the ante from his debut. He sinks even deeper into feelings of love, jealousy and inebriation while trying to navigate pop superstardom — a problem this album is sure to only amplify.

Right from the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated his skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes

To that end, “x” looks like a smash. Every song synthesizes the catchiest qualities of “The A Team” and its follow-up hit, “Lego House.” “Bloodstream” flaunts a soulful naiveté over the most delicious guitar lick on the album, while “I’m a Mess” builds into an anthemic ending that will surely cap off Sheeran’s future live show. As the hooks intensify, Sheeran paradoxically spends much of the album trying to hide — from the bright lights that make his eyes squint with intoxicated confusion, but also from unnamed women who endlessly frustrate him. There’s a reason Sheeran name-checks two Bon Iver songs on separate tracks; throughout the album, he attempts to spin his heartbreaks into an empathetic cry for shambling twentysomethings. “Loving can hurt sometimes/But it’s the only thing that I know,” he concludes on “Photograph,” which lets its careful piano keys and acoustic strums simmer until arena-size drums kick in.

Ed Sheeran: The Billboard Cover Story

The daring spirit at the heart of Sheeran’s appeal is magnified here, and he outclasses other rising male singers simply by utilizing a deeper bag of tricks. Few artists could pull off as stark a transition as the leap between “Sing,” a swaggering, Justin Timberlake-inspired dance track, and “Don’t,” a blue-eyed-soul hymn built around the line “Don’t fuck with my love.” Elsewhere, Sheeran raps like The Streets’ Mike Skinner on “The Man” and crafts a new-school wedding jam with “Tenerlife Sea.” Such wild swiveling never feels forced, or even unexpected, from Sheeran, who has proven his exacting musicality onstage. There, he uses chopped-up loops, but few ideas get repeated on “x.”

Sheeran seldom lets his songs breathe

Sheeran seldom lets his songs breathe, packing each second with syllables even when he’s not spitting bars. But that overeagerness will likely be tamped down, as Sheeran continues to polish his impressive craft. “x” finds a hungry artist doing everything possible to elevate to another level, simply by abiding by his instincts. After arriving on the U.S. pop scene with an offbeat folk ballad, Sheeran is expanding his profile on his own terms.

Cited from here.

What do I think about the album?

As a person who likes singing and enjoying beautiful melodies, I shall give this album a thumbs-up! There is a vast variety of genre in just one album, ranging from pop, rock, R&B to blues to ensure all picky ears are covered! Those songs which I find it easy to hum along are One, Photograph, Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud and shirtsleeves. Among them, Tenerife Sea’s rhythm is quite catchy to me as it portrays the happiness you feel when you’re so much in love. Don’t you think life is extraordinarily great when someone you love loves you back? If you enjoy a more upbeat tune, you will definitely not want to miss out on ‘Take It Out’ and ‘Bloodstream’. On a hard day, ‘Runaway’ is the perfect song to give your mind a break as your body moves along to the beats. Overall, this album satisfies my ears in many ways!