Tell July Issue 2007 July 30, 2007

Filed under: Magazine Review — saifulrizan @ 1:10 am
NOTE: Thanks to TELL Editor, Sh. Sakinah Aljunid and TELL Writer, Michelle Gunaselan for spending some times sending complimentary emails appreciating my review on their past issues in my blog.

I know I am late, perhaps my hectic and pathetic time management kept me away from creating new material for this blog. I’d spend more than normal working hours in the office, due to packing up office equipments to be sent to Australia (where I’ll spent the next 7 to 8 months – alone) and closing up the operation in Labuan. I’ll be jobless by the time I come back to Malaysia, but then I know if there’s a will, there’ll always a way!

This month TELL magazine featured photographer, Omar Ariffin (Omar Ariff Kamarul Ariffin) with his masterpiece creation Pusaka Bumi: Malaysia’s Legacy Of Nature; an album consists of superb photos of wildlifes all across Malaysia. In fact, I’ve read about Omar Ariffin in Click! Issue 21, which then sparked the enthusiasm in me to try taking animal pictures.

Omar Ariffin, together with his assistant, Zul and his daughter, Melissa crossing Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak taking arresting pictures of nature and wildlife. He’s not just a photographer in technical, but also a nature lover with a conscience of the importance on keeping our nature preserved. He believes modernization can be enjoyed by everyone without sacrificing the gifts of God. His album published and sponsored by Yayasan Seni Berdaftar (YSB). I would like to have a copy of Pusaka Bumi: Malaysia’s Legacy of Nature, for the sake of amazing pictures and to appreciate Omar’s effort on boosting public consciousness on keeping the nature there, untouched and preserved disregard the development and modernization we’re facing now.

From left: Zanariah Zainal [Company Executive Director], Mehrzad Yasmin Malik [Lecturer, Singer], Izham Ibrahim [Marketing Executive] & Soosan Hoh [Artistic Director, Actress & Writer]

This month, Mustapha Mahidin brought four peoples to the round table, debating on the choices of moviegoers, simply to discuss on why Malaysian films pale in comparison to Hollywood blockbusters (or do they really?). Participants voicing their opinions (majority of them) on how boring and less attractive Malaysian movie are, compared to Hollywood movies; which I agreed! But then, with the appearance of Yasmin Ahmad, Afdlin Shauki and another guy – for the film Cinta (Im so sorry, I forgot his name), there’s a promise and hope in our film industry. I know, because I watch their movies more than any cheap cliché lovey dovey movies! (If I ever watch the latter, which I never bother to watch it anyway)

A Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, featured the joy and beauty of shopping in the historical city of Istanbul. Perhaps the pictures taken from the magazine could salivate all you bargain lover to be there!

I’m moved by Personal section of this month TELL issue! Wahti Mahidin with her article; No Joy For Lina, Rocky Bru for his Side-Kicking Corruption, Toni Kassim on her A Matter Of Gender and Vernon Emaung with his superb article; Wilting Without Grace. It took me 3 to 4 times reading his article with curiosity and full interest to appreciate the superb literature and ideas.

Other must read articles!

FEATURES: King for the new age, The Halal story, In Search Of Nature, People Of The Forest & Darling Dayang Nurfaizah.

SIGNATURES: Keluarga Klinik Rosman, David & Loganathan Arumugam, Mahadi : The Voice Of Jalud, Going, Going, Gone! & Little Olympians.

LIFESTYLE: Print season. Fruits for the skin, Tunku Halim, Joanna Bessey, Mark Inglis, Cheryl Samad, Miri International Jazz Festival, BMW 325i, Dim Sum at Sunway Resort Hotel and more!

Grab your TELL magazine today (if there’s any left) J.


Tell June 2007 June 20, 2007

Filed under: Magazine Review — saifulrizan @ 12:03 am

This month Tell magazine featured 7 Sarawakians as the main story, and each of them has a story to be told, for their contribution to Sarawak development, culture preservation, fine arts, fashion, tourism and sport.

Standing from left: Gracie Geikie (CEO Sarawak Tourism Board), Ernersto Kalum (Tattoo Artist), Bryan Nickson Lomas (National Diver) and Datu Aloysius J. Dris (Co-Organiser of the Rainforest World Music Festival).
Sitting from left: Datuk Tom Abang Saufi (Fashion Designer), Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg (State Minister of Housing) and Raphael Scott Ahbeng (Artist)

“Names have stories and histories that lend life, and sometimes soul, to a stretch of tarmac”

For whom the Streets are named; an article about the road sign with the name of illustrious figures, but not necessarily known by the road users. M.F Nasution take his time writing down the background and stories of the names on the road sign.

The King of Pearls

Legend has it that when the angles cry, their tears fall to the bottom of the sea and become pearls. This is the story of the empire built by Kokichi Mikimoto (pictured above), the man known as the King Of Pearls. This article covers the tradition of pearl harvesting, the story behind the set-up of Mikimoto pearl oyster park with his wife, Ume, and the long history of hardworking Kokichi Mikimoto. Must read for girls that like pearls (at least you have idea of why you bought the pearl at first placelah).

Ulams Unleashed

Ulam is no longer a kampung food. It benefits from the aspect of medication and health aspect made people realized it’s not just some past time menu, but it will be good to have ulam as daily nutrition. Coming in all shapes, sizes and smells, Michelle Gunaselan finds out more about Malaysia’s favourite ‘salad’ and its medicinal properties.

Other must read in this issue:

Entertainment: Don’t mess with Melissa
Travel: Paris in numbers
Signatures: The Solianos, Side by side & State Vs Religion
Personal: What’s Up (Later Manchester), Rocky Bru (Sex, beer and the reluctant politician), two cents worth (An Abdullah by any other name) and ramblings (Laughter is the best medicine).

So, get your copy of Tell today!


TELL May 2007 June 11, 2007

Filed under: Magazine Review — saifulrizan @ 12:43 am
There’s new magazine, and it’s TELL, with the small caption, News Unglossed. My first impression towards the cover of a guy sitting before the big aquarium (later known as Datuk Simon Foong, CEO of Aquaria KLCC) was skeptic, figuring what’s this magazine targeted to. I purchased the magazine, read the whole thing, and undeniably this magazine is great. This should be in my monthly doses (other than Personal Money and some other magazines).

Affordable, but believe me, I bought this magazine way more expensive than this.

Superb and stylish, the presentation of articles and the contents amazed me. I never fell for any magazines that are too serious, too narrow in purpose because I know it will bring me to dreamland 5 minutes after reading the first 3 pages. TELL made me read it till the end.

“We got one million visitors each year for our first two years of operations!”

It’s the Second Issue, with the man behind Aquaria as the main subject for the month. Datuk Simon Foon, the CEO of Aquaria KLCC told TELL how he started the business, the challenge he faced and talking about the scene behind the aquarium.

Front row (L – R) Cindy Lieu; Parent, Unit Trust Business Manager, LT. Kol. Zalina Abdullah; Senior Assistant Director of the National Service Training Department, Mastura Ishak;Parent, Business Manager & Natalia Sharihan; Former Trainee.

Round Table – I think this is the first time (in any magazine I’ve read) where few peoples placed together around the table, to discuss the topic given by the editorial team. Mustapha Mahadin plays commandant in a friendly (but not really) chat session between ex-trainies, parents and authorities. They talked about the effectiveness, pros & contras of National Service and come up with ideas to improve the program.

Eye On The World – taking readers to some peoples old days, and this month TELL presented an old photos of some rock stars known internationally, and I must be lucky to see the human face of Marilyn Manson vocalist, Brian Warner.

Look innocent, isn’t he/she?

Personal – another favourite section to read. This one page column featured writers like Wahti Mahidin on Linda Off, Subashini On, Rocky Bru on The Most Dangerous Occupation-a must read for all bloggers out there, Jit Murad on In 1983;Part 2 and Julian Mokhtar on Tripped Up by Her Dress.

That’s the highlight, as for the review of my first TELL magazine. But to be honest, all pages worth reading. You don’t need to be serious reading this magazine, it’s relaxing and surprisingly worth to read.

There’s no doubt TELL magazine will be among my mag-list-to-buy monthly!

Other must read in this issue: The Intellectual Khoos, The Business Of Death, Say Hello to Shayna Zaid, How Green is That Grass On The Other Side and many more!

*They’ve already come up with the latest issue, which I will cover this week.