ImaginASiAN

Written by Wong Kit Yin, Nicole

“The most exciting thing we have ever done with this band is performing for SUNMUN’s social night. Actually it was also the most terrifying.”

–ImaginASiAN

On this episode of “Students on Campus”, Echo Media is proud to present our very first feature of “Echo Music Hall”—“ImaginASiAN”, a local Malaysian band created almost a year ago by four high school students. Although still unnoticed across the country, “ImaginASiAN” definitely caught some Sunway students’ attentions with their soulful voices and fresh faces. Deeply honoured for interviewing them, here is a background story on the band and what they think the future might hold for them.

Created by fellow member and lead vocalist of the band, Mellaney Goh, the whole concept behind this creative name, “ImaginASiAN”, sprung from the idea between the diversity of Asians as well as their creativities. Hence, the word combination, “Imagination” and “Asian”.

Having used to jam out during Form 2, both Mellaney and Jia Wen decided to audition for a “Talent Search”. It was then, third member, Paarisha joined. Phui Sian was recruited afterwards.

Each of them not only play different roles in the band, but they are also students to different courses in Sunway College:

Lee Phui Sian is currently studying Ausmat and he is the percussionist of the band;

Sak Jia Wen is currently studying A-Levels and she is the guitarist of the band;

Paarisha Emilie is currently studying Mufy and she is the pianist of the band;

Mellaney Goh is currently studying A-Levels and she is the lead vocalist of the band.

Easy to play and arrange to suit their personal style, “ImaginASiAN” enjoys playing mostly pop genre. However, the fun does not stop there, they also like to keep their options open by playing other variety of genres, preferably R&B, Country, Jazz and Oldies genres, as well.

“The most exciting thing we have ever done with this band is performing for SUNMUN’s social night. Actually it was also the most terrifying,” said the members of “ImaginASiAN”. With that being their first ever live performance, some of them suffered major anxiety and stage fright beforehand, but fortunately, they managed to calm themselves down and just let the present feeling and moment sink in.

With some of its members enrolling in different courses and in plans of pursuing different careers, the members of “ImaginASiAN” are already facing problems rehearsing with their fellow bandmates due to their busy schedules. I took this opportunity to ask what they think the future might hold for them. Will they still be alive and jamming for the next 10 to 20 years? Or will its flames of passion die out one by one? They simply replied, “We strongly believe in each other. Even if we were to disband, it would just be a temporary situation. We’ll just have to wait for our next time to jam again.”

“We strongly believe in each other. Even if we were to disband, it would just be a temporary situation. We’ll just have to wait for our next time to jam again.”

–ImaginASiAN

Away from all the seriousness, here are some fun Q&As between the members of “ImaginASiAN” and I: 

Q: Who is the “leader” of this band?

A: Mellaney is the leader. She’s the one that scolds everyone when they goof around. Then, everyone will be like: “Yes, mother.”

Q: Who is the “thinker” of this band?

A: Jia Wen is the “thinker”. Her catchphrase is literally: “Let me think ah.”

Q: Who is the “funnest” in this band?

A: Phui Sian is the funnest. He’s literally the clown in the band. Also the sassiest creature you’ve probably ever met.

Q: Who is the most “serious” in this band?

A: A bit conflicted on the “Serious One” here. Mellany is definitely most serious when it comes to practices and rehearsals, but Paarisha is a very serious when it comes to the actual music itself. She takes the extra miles of making sure our music is on par with the songs.

Q: What are your personal favourite songs?

A: PS—Superman by Five for Fighting

JW—You Need Me, I Don’t Need You by Ed Sheeran

P—In the Arms of the Angel by Sarah McLachlan

M—Thinking of You by Katy Perry

Q: If you guys could sing only one song in your lifetime, what would it be?

A: PS—Not Over You by Gavin Degraw

JW—The A Team by Ed Sheeran

P—Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore by Celine Dion

M—Thinking of You by Katy Perry

Q: Which artists do you guys admire or gain the most influence from?

A: PS—Boyce Avenue

JW—Ed Sheeran

P—SquidPhysics (YouTuber)

M—Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus

Want to know more about this lovely band and to be there for their next YouTube video, do not hesitate on clicking the links down below. And don’t forget to hit that “like” and “subscribe” button.

YouTube: ImaginASiAN

Facebook: ImaginASiANTheBand

Instagram: @theband_imaginasian

Email: imaginasian.15@gmail.com

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The Rise of AI by Clinton Wee Yuan

“ There are no strings on me”. Ultron was a superior artificial intelligence(AI) program hell bent on wiping out the human race. He struck fear into the hearts of millions as he created his own weapon of mass destruction. Although this plot is pure fiction, our fear of AI technology one day ruling over us lowly humans is not as without premise. For the past few decades, the promise of AI technology has been nothing more than disappointing. However, in recent years we have seen great strides in the development of a truly superior AI tech. This progress has led us to a discussion that we must have now. Are we willing to trust AI and what are the risks of doing so.

 

We have seen so many movies from Terminator to iROBOT where the advancement and implementation of AI technology in our daily lives ultimately leads to chaos. Before we look into the plausability of that scenario, we need to understand what is AI. AI is basically intelligence acquired by machines. This intelligence is usually associated with the ability to solve problems and adjust to changing environments. A very good example would be self-driving cars where the program has to constantly assess its surroundings to determine the best course of action to take. Now many critics argue that because machines don’t need to rest like humans do, if they are able to constantly learn and adapt to its environment, who is to say they won’t learn that they are smarter and more superior than us. Once the machinese figure that out, they could easily take humans on. With their superior intelligence, it would be as plain as David vs Goliath.

The situation is further exacerbated when we integrate AI into our daily lives. If we were up against clunky robots like in the Avengers, we might still have a fighting chance. AI has become increasingly ubiquitous in modern society. Soon it may be an integral part of education, healthcare and even our military. Imagine if the world’s nuclear launch codes were in the hands of an AI program that might go rogue. The age of the internet of things has arrived and if AI programs are able to control almost all our devices, they would ultimately control us. This is the risk we face when we allow AI into our lives. The risk of course is limited as scientists and engineers are not idiots too. They can code backdoors into AI programs and shut them down when they go rogue. However there is always a risk of the AI machines learning of this backdoor and blocking it before we get to use it. This scenario may seem outrageous, but the low probability is coupled with unimaginably huge consequences.

 

Even assuming the best case scenario, where machines live under the rule of humans forever, the ending isn’t happily ever after. Many argue that AI will take away ALL our jobs. Not just menial jobs, not just some jobs, but all jobs. During the Industrial Revolution, mechanized labor put hundreds of thousands out of jobs. A lot of people kept their jobs because at the time, machines did not have what humans did, intelligence. With AI, every job is at stake. A machine could be a lawyer, doctor, or even a police officer. We would see massive structural unemployment because how could a human compete with a machine which never gets tired, hungry or careless at times.

 

The world has been blown away with what AI can do, but they should be worried about what AI may do. This article serves not to be a party pooper, but a reminder that all big leaps have consequences. We need to engage in a clear discussion about how to proceed with AI before the strings come off.

How Technology Changed the Dating Scene

It’s 2016. There’s no need for cliché openings – we all know how much technology has changed our lives. The truth is, there are a lot of people out there who can live without a partner for the rest of their lives, but only few who can survive an hour without their smartphones. So does technology help us build relationships, or does it replace human relationships with artificial ones?

Remember the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, let me introduce you to Tinder, which is essentially an app that asks you to do the exact opposite of that – judge people based on their appearances. Tinder lets you see profiles of other male and female users in your area, where you get to see a few pictures and a short biodata. If you’re interested, you swipe right. If you’re not, you swipe left. The app then matches people that swiped right for each other and allows them to chat. The success of Tinder has simplified and intensified the hook-up culture that was already prominent in Western countries such as the USA. More widely used as a search tool for quick, no-strings-attached hook-ups rather than a platform to grow deep, meaningful relationships, Tinder portrays how superficial the world can be. The trend of online dating also brought forth another concern: The risk of being catfished. Being catfished is when you’re lured into a relationship with someone you know from social media, who are not who they claimed they are. As online dating becomes more ubiquitous, we see more and more cases of young men and women being catfished, eventually left with a broken heart.

Another app that has taken the world by storm is Snapchat, a texting app that allows you to send and share pictures that will only be available for a brief period of time. What has Snapchat got to do with the dating scene, you ask? Well, I believe two college students from University of Wisconsin-Madison can answer your question. Long story short – Girl confesses love for a hot stranger on the University’s Snapchat Story -> Guy sees it, asks girl out -> Girl misses invitation -> Whole campus freaks out and uses Snapchat to try and unite the two -> Girl finally meets guy. Now isn’t that just a wonderful modern love story? We don’t know if the relationship will eventually blossom into a long-term one, but it’s undeniable that in this case, technology is definitely the number 1 wingman! (For the whole story, read here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3568394/Two-students-University-Wisconsin-try-Snapchat-videos-school-goes-wild-egging-on.html )

Undoubtedly, technology has brought about large changes to the dating scene. As with other things in life, this has its pros and cons. Better connectivity brings people closer, but they are also driving people further apart. When you see a couple out on a date at a restaurant, what are the odds that one or both of them are engrossed in their phones rather than their partner? I’d say a good 90%. It’s worrying, and it can’t truly be solved, until we figure out which one we’d rather be in a relationship with – a real person, or our smartphones.

THE MALAYSIAN STYLE

Written by Wong Kit Yin, Nicole

With the burning hot weather in Malaysia, the Malaysian Style is the best way to depict Malaysia’s local street style fashion. From summer dresses to crop-tees, there is no better way to describe Chan Zilin’s style.

Introduced by a mutual friend of ours, Chan Zilin was the first person that came through her mind and I decided that she was the best selection to write Echo’s first article about fashion on campus.

Echo is proud to introduce the 18 year-old Sunway College female student, who is currently enrolling in Foundation in Arts. Not influenced by the programme she studies, she is a natural when it comes to styling herself for classes in college.

Amazed by the way she dresses herself, I was curious by the the real reason behind it. Driven by the hot weather in Malaysia, she said she did not appreciate wearing tops with sleeves and long pants as the weather is a concern for her.

Her style? She loves casual and summer street styles. Instead of wasting too much time thinking how to mix and match her clothes, she prefers wearing simple tee-shirts and crop tops with shorts.

When asked about her favourite brand when it comes to shopping new clothing, she enjoys shopping at H&M. The reason is that H&M has all sorts of clothes, selling at an affordable price.

Like everyone, who loves American and Korean street style fashion, Chan is  in love with Selena Gomez and Tiffany Hwang and hopes she could dress like them.

Her top three must-haves in her closet are her shorts, crop tops and tank tops. Because, well, living in Malaysia is kind of like living near an active volcano.

She also mentioned that she cannot live without her favourite black shorts.

When asked to choose between comfortability and prettiness, she chose clothes that are comfortably pretty. She would not buy if a top is comfortable, but not pretty, and vice versa because she doesn’t want to waste her money on something that makes her uncomfortable or insecure in any way as she is probably going to wear it for the whole day.

Check out here for more of Zilin’s everyday college look:

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Need For Sleep by Chloe Kong

Disclaimer: I apologize for the lateness but I hope that dear readers enjoyed the campaign as much as I have!

What started out with just a project for PR (Public Relations and Management) and CC (Corporate Communication) students turned into something that is both influential and close to home.  Its awareness have certainly spread throughout the semester. It has also given us the wake up call we certainly need about being sleep deprived.

As students, sleep is something that we tend to forgo in order to complete our assignments or studies (or maybe other leisure activities). For whatever the reason, sleep is often neglected. Hence, the purpose of this campaign is to draw our attentions to this matter and it certainly has.

From the Bubble Sports to the actual campaign, each activity was carefully planned and the crew spent their sleepless nights attempting to deliver their very best to the students of Sunway University. The result was that their hard work certainly did pay off.

With the help from Coleman, the students were able to enjoy and literally relax throughout the campaign. Coleman has sponsored several comfy furniture for the students to kick back and chill~

Prior to the event, there was even a bed placed in the library for students to take a nap! A big thank you shout out to Coleman Malaysia. Besides the napping area in the library, there was also the Pillow Talk, Sleep Quiz and the Snap A Napper Contest for students to participate!

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Image credits to Need For Sleep Sunway

The campaign began with its opening ceremony on the 13.6.2016. Packed with the prize-giving ceremony after the speech by our respected guests, there was also an exhibition available for viewing.  Students were able to learn about sleep and what happens if one lacks of it from this exhibition.

And finally, what the public has been waiting for~~ the relaxation/ nap station that was held on the last day of the campaign! The usual lively  Student Hub was turned into a place for taking naps and relaxation~

At the Nap Station, students are allowed to take naps and distress from their daily hectic schedule. Students who entered the nap room not only slept but they also spent time with their peers. It was as thought that they had a sleepover at campus, which was really fun to watch.

(Top 2 Photos by Christopher Liew)

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Lastly, a big big thank you for the crew! Without their sleepless sacrifice, we would not be able to experience such a fun and exciting campaign within the campus premises.

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The crew (Image by Need For Sleep Sunway)

Summer by Reshna

There she was lying among the baby breath flowers, feeling the cool breeze and absorbing the sun’s warm glow. As she lay there she was smiling, thinking how wonderful it was to finally be free from being held prisoner in her own home. She had been planning to run away for so long and never thought that she was capable of leaving the things that were holding her back from exploring the world. And now her wish had come true or so she thought it did…

Summer – named after the season that brings joy to everyone and that was exactly what her parents thought of when naming their first born. Gary and Marian Jones, a couple which were brought together by love had been trying so long to bear a child that they could share their love with and when they did they were beyond grateful to have her. Although Summer grew up smothered by the love given by her parents, there was something peculiar about their daughter that they couldn’t quite put a finger on.

When Summer turned 5, that was when her parents realised that there was something dark and unexplainable within her. Every time their daughter looked at them with her intensely dark eyes it sent cold shivers down their spine. They decided to call Father Morris to help Summer and rid her of the darkness that engulfed her as she grew older. Summer, however, was greatly upset by this and thought only the worst of her parents and she began to wonder if her parents thought of her as the child of the devil!

Father Morris solemnly informed the Jones’ that their child was not only full of evil but that she was greatly disturbed and by the age of 13, she would cause them grievous harm. The Jones’ were so very petrified of this moment happening that they took many precautionary measures to save themselves. Summer did not see it as such and realised that she had to make a run for it. She had decided that at the age of 13, she would be the one running for safety!

Summer was about to turn 13 on January 15th 2008 and the night before her birthday she packed her necessities and “borrowed” money from her father. She knew what had to be done. She had decided that at 12 am on the morning of her birthday she would sneak out of their shabby home in the fields and be free.

As she was sneaked out stealthily from her room, she detoured to her parent’s room to whisper a short sweet goodbye at their door. But they were nowhere to be seen. Summer’s natural instinct was ignited and she began to get wary of her surroundings. She knew she’d have to make a speedy getaway before her fate was sealed. However, when she did, it was too late. Her parents were standing behind her, with a wide smile across their face, gazing at their child adoringly. Their eyes were darker than the night sky and their smile chilling.

For Summer there was no running now. She knew what Father Morris had predicted all this while was wrong. It wasn’t her who was full of darkness and despair but rather her parents. Summer had found an antique box in the attic one night not long ago where her parents kept pictures of other children. Her parents had these children and raised them Now seeing their smile and the evil glint in their eyes, she knew her fate would be no different from that of her other brothers and sisters.

Without a moment’s thought, her father took out a gun and shot her in the heart. As Summer fell to the ground she heard her parents whisper “Happy Birthday, love.” It was not the freedom she longed for but it was as close as she could get. As she lay there smiling, the last shovel of sand was placed atop her limp body. She was now part of the ground and would be next to all her brothers and sisters amongst the baby breath flowers.

Student Leadership Retreat @ OutBac Broga, Selangor

Article by Mr. Kenneth Khoo
Edited and Published by ECHO

The Sunway Student Services Department organized its annual Student Leadership Retreat camp on the 27th-28th May 2016. This 2-day, 1-night camp aimed to gather all of the Student Leadership Bodies’(SLB) representatives to network and build comradery among each other as most of the representatives were newly elected into the position. Furthermore, the SLB representatives also took this opportunity to take a break from their usual, hectic study life as Outbac Broga provided a relaxing getaway for the students. The SSD representatives which includes Mr Ken, Mr Kenneth, Mr Rafiq, Mr Alvin, Mr Jeremy and Ms Jun were also tagging along as their retreat facilitators and of course joining in the fun through the retreat activities provided by the camp organizers.

The team checked into the location around 1:30pm to settle their luggage and have lunch provided by the camp organizers. After lunch, the student leaders were split into groups of 3 in order to participate the Team Building session conducted by the camp moderators. The teambuilding session which includes 6 mini games such as the Wild Uzi (A balancing activity where team members need to support each other weight on a metal wire), Human Centipede (Team members need to form a human chain and swim across the river together), Wall Climbing (Team members need to cross a wall via climbing), Mouse Trap (Team members need to solve a puzzle through a mouse trap), Obstacle Course (Teams need to finish a number of obstacle courses) and lastly Free Fall (Teams need to catch their members dropping from the sky!). Lastly, the teams would need to build a DIY-raft and they will raced it off among each other through the river and back into the starting point, which tested both teamwork and competitiveness among the student leaders. The team building activities not only educated our student leaders to build onto their team chemistry and bond new friendships, but each activity brings a significant survival skill which would prove useful during unexpected, dangerous disaster events. Talk about having such great team building activities!

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The journey across the lake

After the team building session, the student leaders were given a short free and easy session before dinner. I myself with Mr Ken, Mr Rafiq, Mr Jeremy and some of our student leaders had a casual basketball session which brings out the enjoyment and athletic side from ourselves. Although it was a really short session, we all have lots of fun and laughing while shooting some hoops down as basketball is considered a physical contact sport to others. After dinner, we headed back into the indoor hall and continued our sessions hosted by the SSD team. The first session which was conducted by Ms Jun (Some students were thinking she was one of the student leaders thou haha!) was a personality test called DISC. The test was carried out to determine each and everyone’s dominant and inferior personality trait where one can either be a Dominant, Influential, Steadiness and Conscientious type which initials makes up for the DISC meaning. Next, Mr Alvin conducted a Mindfulness session which helped the student leaders to discover their personal agenda in order to help communicate and bond well when working with other members through collaborations. After those session, the student leaders and facilitators were given another Free & Easy Session throughout the night where they were treated with late-night snacks, card games and some guitar-singing session by our very own Mr Alvin! 😉

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On the second day of the retreat, we were anticipating our hiking trip up to the top peak of Broga Hill. However, lady luck wasn’t on our side as the trip was cancelled due to non-stop rain and it might endanger our student leaders during the hike. Fortunately, the rain stopped after several hours and we were still able to participate both the Flying Fox and Rock Climbing activities which were a great exposure to our student leaders, I, for myself is acrophobic (Which is a term to use onsomeone who is a afraid of heights) and trying out the Flying Fox was incredibly satisfying and awesome, despite having both my hands and feet shaking during the peak of the tower. After completing both of the extreme sports, the students were given a recap session by the Head of Student Development/Sports, Mr Ken on Leadership. He mentioned that it’s crucial to have both fun and seriousness when being a leader.

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Gliding through~

Besides that, he emphasize that leadership is always about leading and learning especially at a young age where our student leaders have the great opportunity and platform to learn within our campus. Lastly, he noted that second chances are given to all student leaders as everyone makes mistake in the beginning and are always in the learning process in order to be the ideal leader and is ready for the “Real” world. Once the recap session ended, everyone grouped in for a photoshoot and bid farewell to Outbac Broga before heading back home to Sunway University. Overall, this annual student leadership retreat was really rewarding and it’s great for both SSD team and the student leaders to enjoy and building friendships among one another, bringing back great memories from the trip and having a refreshing time before stepping into the big shoes as the campus’s student leaders.

 

Raising Future Leaders by P.R.E.M

Article and Photos by the P.R.E.M

Edited and Published by ECHO

With poverty on going, many children would lose the opportunity to gain the much needed experience and knowledge that could aid them in their futures. With that in mind, comes the formation of P.R.E.M, the Public Relations and Events Management (P.R.E.M) team   and their memorable one day Youth Leadership Camp dedicated to these youngsters.

Despite the tired and sleepless days of planning, the Youth  Leadership camp was a success. In order to fund the camp, the team held a donation drive before the camp. Their efforts bore fruit when the students managed to collect a staggering RM11,000 from the donation drive that was held on campus grounds! And, in a blink of an eye, the day of the camp has arrived.

June the 4th, it was like any other weekend in Malaysia but it was certainly an eye opening and exciting experience  for the underprivileged youths from Rumah Hope, Rumah Kids, House of Joy, Precious Children’s home and Kebajikan Karunai Illam who participated in the Youth Leadership Camp recently at Sunway University campus.33 underprivileged youths from five respective homes took part in this camp that was facilitated by none other than the P.R.E.M team themselves.

With the help of 2 lecturers, the 24 Department of Communication and Liberal Arts students worked hard  to achieve their goals in developing future leaders and inspiring the underprivileged youths to strive for their dreams .“We (P.R.EM) strongly believe that the participants will succeed when they are given the right encouragement and opportunities. Our programme wished to empower them by developing important skills such as leadership, decision making and communication skills. The camp also emphasized on problem solving skills and building confidence to ensure they are prepared to face the society and overcome obstacles in the future,” said Ryan Lee Kin Soon, Project Director of Youth Leadership Camp 2016.

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Group photo  with P.R.E.M and the other participants.

“All of the participants excelled  in each activities without any difficulties. Furthermore, we also noticed that the participants possess huge potential and we really hope that we can continue to contribute in their success. These youths should be given the equal opportunities to hone their skills which are crucial for their personal development,” he added

In a single day, the participants were able to experience different things through various activities that were carefully planned out for them. Many thrilling exercises awaited them that day. Among the exercises held included the academic and leadership workshop, treasure hunt, field sports and there was also even a talent show! These activities did not only arm the attendees with leadership qualities but they also helped in enhancing their (the attendees’) personal attributes.

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Leadership on the go in one of the activities

“I’ve participated in other leadership programme before, but Youth Leadership Camp 2016 is something different. The programme were well-balanced with both academic and non-academic activities. The facilitators were very encouraging as they took the time to guide us through each activities. Overall, I had a lot of fun and I have also gained loads of experience in communicating and collaborating with other participants from different homes,” said Joe Satiah, one of the participants from Precious Children’s Home.

It was a job well done to the organizing team as the event came to a close. The participants returned with new skills added to their repertoire while the P.R.E.M team returned home tired but with their hearts filled with warmth.

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Mission accomplished!

 

 

Babka Cafe 歐風鄉村咖啡

Review by: Christopher Liew

Once more we return to Taiwan, Taipei, but for this time we’ll venture into the streets of 九份(Jiu Fen), one of the must-go tourist attraction spots in Taiwan. As I was venturing around Jiu Fen, I stumble upon this little cozy-looking café, which comes with a rather unique but weird name of Babka.

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Exterior design of café.

I decided to check it out, knowing Taiwan geographical reasons, shops and café around Taiwan are usually small compared to Malaysia’s café size. Something about this small little cozy café is that the dining area are all located upstairs, while downstairs will be the place where barista prepare the coffee. In this café, the barista is the café owner himself. From bean roasting, coffee brewing, to even pizza making as well as baking are all done by the husband and wife (the owner of Babka café). In their menu, what first caught my eyes was actually the hand-brew coffee. Unlike typical espressos, they serve brews such as the Siphon Brew Coffee. I decided then that it would be a good idea to ask the owner a little about the café itself.

Owner

Question 1 (directed to the husband): What is it that inspires you to start venturing into coffee industries?

Answer:

The reason behind the interest or rather inspiration of venturing into coffee industries was rather simple. He expect quality over quantity, emphasizing flavour and quality in each cup of coffee he brews. Even so, he’s not  very fond of other flavour in which it explains why that his café  only have  specific few types of selected beans. Instead of the domestically produced arabicas coffee beans, he prefers specific beans such as the Kenya AA’S, “kopi luwak” civet coffee, Columbia’s bean, and of course, their prize winning, a mixture of 15 types of coffee beans into one brew (championship 2015 for bean type). For 12 years this pair of couples has been operating Babka café in Jiu Fen, they have not change their beans and bean type. He wants to open up a café in such way that is not selling coffee only for the sake of doing so, but instead he wants each coffee to be unique and high quality.

Few types of bean they offer.

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Question 2 (directed to the wife):

Why is the café name Babka cafe歐風鄉村咖啡?

Answer:

It’s rather interesting when I found out why is the café name Babka, it came to my surprise that babka is actually name of a pasterie which originally comes from Romania (or known as kulich, Кулич in cryllic script which widely used in eastern Europe) and it’s spongy brioche-like yeast cake,  the reason why the café is name after it was that the café main pastries Babka cake in which the recipes of babka café’s for it are from the owner’s parents themselves. To make it even more interesting is that babka is actually a Polish word which means ‘Grandmother’.

They added that the original given name of the café was 歐風鄉村咖啡, which means ‘Eastern Village Café’, but when combined with Babka, they called it the Babka café.

With the interview part done, I browsed through the menu in which they heavily emphasized on the hand-brewed coffee and I decided to give that a shot. While I was expecting something along the lines of V-60 pourover coffee, they recommended me Siphone brewing methods instead, which was invented back in the 1840’s by a French housewife and a Scottish marine engineer. This method works by heating a round-bottomed flask, which boils the water inside it and builds up pressure in the flask. The pressure would push the water into the upper brewing chamber, and the blend is then mixed with the water by stirring, and the blend would start to brew. With this method, a delicate, tea-like cup of coffee is brewed.

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Siphon Coffee brewing Methods.

The outcome of this brewing method turned out rather interesting, due to its rich flavours as several types of coffee beans were mixed into a blend. It leaves you feeling the impact of the coffee, taking in the mixed flavours of it at the same time. The coffee’s texture was smooth, with a cherry-like flavour and a strong burnt taste not unlike the aroma of walnuts added to a slight hint of tangy sourness.

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Completion of Siphon Coffee.

The price range of coffee provided is just alright, ranging from 90 to 220 new Taiwan dollar, which is equivalent to approximately RM10-24. Quite affordable for a cup of hand-brewed coffee!

Information.

Location:

224, Taiwan, 新北市瑞芳區基山街177號

Contact number: +886 2 2406 3458

Operational Hours: 9AM–5PM

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babka-%E6%AD%90%E9%A2%A8%E9%84%89%E6%9D%91%E5%92%96%E5%95%A1/172839449435280

With this review, Peace out!

SELFIE

Otaku Corner: A movie night

Minna-san konbanwa! Welcome back to another corner of Otaku Corner! In this corner, we will be taking a look into a two-part Kuroshitsuji movie! It is called the book of murders. These two movies were set after the Book of Murder series

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Kuroshitsuji: The Book of Murder (Part 1)
黒執事・殺人の書, Kuro Shitsuji: Satsujin no Sho (1)

Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural

Producers: Animation Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. (An adaption from the fifth arc of the original manga: The Phantomhive Manor Murders)

Air Date: October 25, 2014

Status: Finished airing

The start of the series showed the Phantomhive house hosting a lavish party upon the behest of her majesty, the Queen of England. Many influential and the finest members of the society were invited to attend this high-class party at the Phantomhive manor. Among the guests invited was also a struggling author.

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Now for the fun bit, at the peak of the story came the usual serial killing in the manor that remained a mystery among the guests. Interesting enough? No, as the members of the Phantomhive household, it is an utmost important to serve the guess well and to be able to tend to their needs and wants. Or so to the members of the audience, the entertainment factor is something that should not be neglected.

Packed with the amusement within the series, I find it intriguing to watch how each invited guests reacted throughout the series. To me, it provides a glimpse of how the society was back in the olden days. What amuzed me the most was how  Ciel and Sebastian spoke in French when speaking ill of one of the guests which was funny to watch. I guess that is what some of us do from time to time if we have something to rant or complain.

Another thing to find it shocking were the deaths of the guests that begin to arise within the mansion. In a condition such as that, the viewers will be perplexed about how each of the victims were killed. Among those deaths was also one that was really unexpected (not to mention fishy). Who? Only time will tell.

Overall, the first part of this arc was really amuzing. The story was not rushed and the development was really interesting to watch. Part 1 revealed the conflicts of the story and Part 2 reveals the truth of it all. (So on to the next part of the review)

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Kuroshitsuji: The Book of Murder (Part 2)
黒執事・殺人の書, Kuro Shitsuji: Satsujin no Sho (2)

Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural

Producers: Animation Production: A-1 Pictures Inc. (An adaption from the fifth arc of the original manga: The Phantomhive Manor Murders)

Air Date: November 15, 2014

Status: Finished airing

Part 2 continued with a round of solve the mystery or play the detective in solving the case. This time our author stepped up his game and took the lead in getting to the bottom of the mystery. With a new character or an unexpected visitor in their midst, how would he flare? That would be the interesting part to watch.

Although, Part 2 would be the revelation of the truth, the pace of the story was also not rushed. The animation took its time to slowly reveal what was going on behind the scenes of these mysterious deaths. Or so was it?

The ending was a mind-blower and that is all I can say. I do not want to give out too many details to spoil the fun but all I can say is that you will be surprised to learn the truth. All in all, the only hint that I can give would be the Phantomhives and leave the rest to our purrfect butler to reveal them all.

That is all for now. Adios~Ja ne minna