Source: Fazlin Zulkifli

by Fazlin Zulkifli                                             

Let’s just say if you are an avid concert-goer like me, you will understand why KL Live is chosen as one of the preferred location for any musical events. It is a very well-known event space located at the heart of Jalan Sultan Ismail, which will surprise you with the ultimate live music experience you will need to encounter at least once in a lifetime.

Estalished in 2010, the concert hall have held over 63 concert events featuring local and famous, international acts such as Marshmello, Simple Plan, Sum 41, Zedd, Dua Lipa, and the recent uprising American singer that makes highschool kids be feeling proud of their young, dumb and broke self, Khalid.

KL Live is Kuala Lumpur’s fastest growing entertainment venue located at the heart of the city. With the standing capacity of 2500 pax, it is a multipurpose entertainment duplex event hall, with two fully licensed bars, KL Live is known to have hosted some of the most explosive live concerts, DJ parties, dance competitions and corporate events.

KL Live is located on the 1st floor of Life Centre at No. 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Through its conveniences, the event space is also easily accessed by car and taxi. If you are commuting using the public transport, the closest stop would be the Raja Chulan Station. It is around 5-minute walk from the preferred station and it is also on walking distance from both KLCC and Pavilion.

If you decide to attend any events at the venue, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed. Upon the entrance, there will be security body and bag checks. In order to enter the venue, it is advisable to only bring your wallet and your phone to the venue because there is a restriction towards drinking bottles, medications, packed cigarettes, anything flammable, foods as well as beverages. Extra points if you are ready to display your Identification Card (IC) in order to get the line going smooth and moving before gates starts to open for the show to happen. P.S, during event days, basement parkings are at RM25 per entry, however, there are other alternatives to park your vehicles nearby the venue.

And here I attach videos taken from attending concerts at KL Live. Enjoy!

The Malaysian Model Who Slays the International Modelling Scene

Written by Amir Ridzuan Mohammad.

Standing at a statuesque 5’9”, with sharp features blended on her exotic glowing tanned skin, the Sabahan lass, Atikah Karim is now living the dream of every aspiring model by expanding her modelling career in the vibrant New York. She began modelling at the age of 18 and relocated to New York in 2015.

Atikah, known as Tiks in the industry was discovered when she entered Ford Models Supermodel of the World Malaysia in 2011 and eventually won the competition. She has always wanted to be a model since she was little. She would pose every time her parents or maid took photos of her and that’s how she developed her interest in modelling. Plus, she used to watch videos of Chanel Iman on YouTube and practised her walk. To date, she has been featured in prestigious fashion magazines, modelled for distinguished fashion brands and graced the catwalk on every fashion shows.

Her international career took off in 2015 where she flew to London at her own expense and successfully signed with 3MModels, a London-based modelling agency. Up until now, her relationship with her mother agency is going strong. Among the notable jobs she booked upon arriving London were becoming Miley Cyrus’s dancer during the latter’s concert in Wembley Stadium as well as debuting on runways at London Fashion Week.

Source: Google

Atikah is currently being represented in all four major fashion cities in the world; Soul Artist Management (New York), 3MModels (London), Major Models (Milan) and Metropolitan Management (Paris). Besides that, she is also signed with VIVA Models (Berlin) and Book Management (Montreal). She is now based in New York after realizing that she found more job opportunities in the Big Apple and it’s definitely the best for her blooming career.

Source: Google

Throughout her international career, this 25-year-old stunner has worked with big names such as Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Costume National, Libertine and Vivienne Tam. She made another remarkable achievement when she walked for Kenzo at Spring/Summer 2018 Paris Fashion Week. Besides that, she has also landed a campaign for Milk MakeUp, an American beauty brand. Recently, she booked a campaign for Ted Baker, a house brand in the United Kingdom. Following her international success, Atikah described that people in the western countries appreciate her tanned skin more than in her own country. As a matter of fact, Atikah has a profile on models.com where not many local models are listed there hence it is considered as a big deal.

Atikah walking for Kenzo. Source: GIPHY

Atikah divulged that not everything was smooth sailing for her. In order for her to live her American dream, she sacrificed a lot. She first went to London at her own expense and looking for each agency one by one because they preferred face-to-face castings. When she’s abroad, she gets homesick all the time since she is away from her family and friends. Furthermore, she decided to defer her studies because according to her, “it’s now or never”. Well, it seems like her determination and sacrifice paid off as she is now very well-known internationally.

Ted Baker’s campaign featuring Atikah. Source: Instagram

Speaking of any challenges that she experienced throughout her modelling career, she started off with the scenario that’s happening in Malaysia. She found it quite disheartening that when it comes to homegrown fashion labels, Malaysians prefer foreign Caucasian models over local ones. When she started modelling, the local scene did not really appreciate her skin tone as they prefer models with fair skin most of the time. After Atikah established her name in the industry internationally, only then people noticed and booked her for jobs. But then again, Atikah said the industry is more diverse and acceptable now as plus-sized models, models of colour and models with disability are rocking the scene today.

Atikah for Milk MakeUp. Source: Instagram

Atikah believes that staying true to herself, being humble and having patience alongside the support from her family and friends is key to success.

Whenever she is being asked if having a tanned skin is a liability, she quickly retorts It’s an asset.”