IKEA Releases Instructions for 6 Kinds of Forts You can Build at Home

With many of us being stuck at home since March, some are channeling their inner creativity to make time spent at home worthwhile. 

We’ve seen a rise in baking, cooking and also the much weirder trends such as the dalgona coffee craze; if you find yourself getting short of ideas for yourself and the kids, fear no more, as IKEA has released a new campaign with instructions on how to build 6 different types of furniture forts.

We loved them as kids, so there isn’t a reason to why furniture forts shouldn’t make a comeback this year, especially during quarantine year. 

These designs were created by an ad agency called instinct and they consist of detailed instructions on how to build castles, forts or any furniture forts your imagination can conjure up of.

1) Cave

One of the simplest designs here, this fort requires only a chair, a sheet or blanket and some some sort of heavy object to hold it down to the floor. Lights are optional too if you want some light while reading in your own fort.

2) Camping tent

If you’ve watched the Conjuring 2, you’d recognize this as the home of the “crooked man”. Safe to say, IKEA’s version of it is less scary and contains no “crooked man” of any sorts. Using a clothing rack and some pins, this fort allows for infinite head space.

3) House

As mentioned in its name, here’s where things can get real as the forts now get sturdier. All you need is a table and some sheets or blankets.

4) Wigwam

Here’s where things get creative as you would only need a light stand and of course some sheets. Optional lights too can be added for that aesthetic or ambience that you are looking for.

5) Fortress

We’ve all seen this one, heck, we might’ve even built one of this before. The most simplest of forts, you would only need couch cushions with a sheet over the top and you’re all set.

6) Castle

The best of them all, this fort requires four chairs and some kind of stand in the middle to give it the iconic castle pointed roof.

Italian Baker Who Fed Neighbourhood During Covid-19 Pandemic Dies

When the coronavirus hit, the north of Italy saw an economic crash and also hardship among many; in a time where many would ponder on where to get their next meal from, Gianni Bernardinello, an Italian baker, saw this as an opportunity to provide.

Outside his shop in Milan’s Chinatown, Bernardinello would leave baskets full of bread, pizza and sweets for anybody who needs it.

A sign above the basket would read “to give a hand to those in need, help yourself and think of others too”.

After leaving out the baked goods and goodies, he would then immediately disappear as he didn’t want to embarrass anyone he might kno who would be waiting in line for the hand out.

“He said he was putting out leftovers at night but I also saw him putting out fresh bread in the middle of the day,” Alessandra De Luca, 56, a client and a friend said, “He was really worried.”

Unfortunately, Bernardinello died on Nov. 9 due to Covid-19 at a hospital in Milan, his daughter, Samuela Bernardinello, said. He was 76.

Before falling in, he would be at his bakery everyday even though his daughters begged him to stay at home.

“Between these walls there wasn’t a day in 130 years that they stopped making bread,” he used to say, “even under the bombings in 1943.”

Bernardinello was born in 1943 December 22nd in Montù Becaria near Milan. He started working at 12 as a goldsmith apprentice and then later on in life as a fashion photographer and starting a yarn business. A crisis in the 1980s led him to wanting to sell a “product that the people always need,” he told his daughters.

He bought Macchi Bakery in 1989 and never looked back, learning the art of bread making as the years went.

The bakery today is renamed “Berni”, Bernadinello’s nickname, and is a meeting place in the neighborhood where locals would stop by for coffee or listen to Berni talk about drones that he built or jazz festivals.

Madonna Trends Online After People Mistake Her for Maradona and Thought She Died

Argentine footballing icon, Diego Maradona, has died at aged 60, but certain social media users went through a case of mistaken identity as they were seen mourning for pop star, Madonna instead.

Madonna started trending on Twitter last night and this caused confusion among some netizens who were questioning the story at first. Although, some were quick to post their tributes for the Like A Prayer singer, who is very much alive.

Maradona, the former World Cup winner with Argentina died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month. Twitter was quickly lit up with tributes and RIP messages for the singer instead, Twitter users then corrected their own mistakes by pointing out the facts of Maradona from Madonna. 


To put this frenzy to an end, Madonna is alive, well and of course, singing; Diego Maradona on the other hand, has sadly passed away and is fortunately remembered many in the footballing community, there’s a difference.

Namewee’s “Babi” Nominated At Four International Film Festivals but Banned in Malaysia

Nominated for awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award, Namewee’s new film, although controversial, is garnering attention beyond the walls of Malaysia.

“Babi”

Its title – “Babi”, is a Malay term for pig and remains a racial slur in Malaysia and parts of Singapore, the movie has since received four award nominations, including Best Director and Best Actor.

According to the Malaysian rapper, “Babi” brings an alleged cover-up of a real-life school racial riot that happened in 2000 back to life.

“The script was actually written seven years ago,” the rapper wrote last August. “The main reason that the film was not in production that time was because nobody would ever consider [investing in] a zero-profit film [that might be banned].

“The second reason was I had no idea whom should I ask for help, I believed after hearing the film title, everyone would be scared off… Yet in the end, I’m still managed to finish this film with a very very very tight budget.”

He also added on how the film had challenges right from the start, even before production began.

 “From the start, we were sure the film will not be screened and there will not be any financial returns. So we rushed through the shooting to show the world Malaysia can do it.” he said.

“Surprisingly, there is a company in Taiwan that wants to screen the film, although deep down I doubt ticket sales will be good. But to us, this is an opportunity,” he wrote.

Banned in Malaysia

“Babi” is the second Namewee film that is banned in Malaysia due to its provoking nature. 

“Banglasia” was released and banned in 2014 due to 31 scenes that was deemed inappropriate for public screening. The rapper also added that “Banglasia” may have been banned for promoting homosexual lifestyles and for ridiculing national security.

The Federal Territory Perikatan Nasional (PN) Youth lodged a police report on November 19th claiming that the film poster for “Babi” touches on racial sensitivities and also asked for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block the content related to the film from being accessed by Malaysians

The rapper’s real name whose Wee Meng Chee said that he regretted that certain entities were using the race card for their own political motives.

“Contrary to their claim, this film actually promotes unity among the multi-racial community in the country.

“In fact, during filming, the cast and crew, made up of various ethnic backgrounds, worked together harmoniously,” he said in  Facebook post, adding that the film which has opened in Taiwan cinemas, will not be screened in Malaysia.

Check out the behind the scenes video and trailer for the movie, “Babi” here:

KL’s Future, The City’s Upcoming Skyscrapers and Developments

Kuala Lumpur, an iconic and an ever growing city in Southeast Asia; although the size, it’s not even among the top 10 biggest cities in the world, but it surely tops the list for most buildings over 100 meters.

Out of the five buildings over 400 meters in the region, Kuala Lumpur is home to at least four of them. All these only adds to the extravagant skyline that attracts not only locals to visit it often but also photographers near and far to capture that perfect portrait of the city.

Safe to say, development for the city is in no way halted as many projects are either in the talks or is going on underway to make it that much more vibrant and livelier, here are a few of them.

1) Merdeka 118

Built to resemble the iconic Tunku Abdul Rahman when he lifted his right hand up to declare Malaysia’s independence in 1957, the rumored to be named Merdeka 118 stands at 118 stories and 644 meters. The project is located at Jalan Hang Jebat, next to the historical Merdeka Stadium, Stadium Negara, and the Merdeka MRT station on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line opened in 2017. A drive-by the site today would also allow you see glance at what could possibly be after it’s done.

2) Tradewinds Square

Announced in 2011, the project is located on the site of the former Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel and Kompleks Antarabangsa near the Raja Chulan monorail station. It will be 775 meters tall with 150 floors, towering that of the nearby Petronas Twin Towers. Demolitions of old buildings have gone ahead but the site remains much empty as of today and it is possible that the final version being not as high.

3) 8 Conlay

The ongoing development features 3 towers on a retail center just under its floors. The 68 story tower will be home to Kempsinky Hotel and Hotel Residences while the two residential towers will be YOO8 serviced by Kempsinki. When it finishes, the project will have the world’s tallest spiraled twin residential towers, similar to a larger version of Dancing House in Prague.

4) Plaza Rakyat

Considered as a sleeping project, much of its work began in the 90s and remains stalled ever since the 1997 Asian financial crisis hit. It remains today as a blighted abandoned site while there have been regular echoes and announcements of an impending revival.

5) Bandar Malaysia

A transit-oriented development at the former Sungai Besi Airport, the site of it will be a terminal for the Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high-speed railway developed by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). As we know the mayhem 1MDB is facing, the project is rightfully being delayed as investigations go on and on.

6) M101 Skywheel

Part of the Kampong Bharu City Centre Complex, ths 317 metre high building is topped with an observation wheel between two smaller towers. It will include residential apartments, a hotel, retail, and of course that observation wheel; definitely not a design you expect to see up in the skies.

7) IBN Bukit Bintang

At 325 metres, this 68 storey tower will include serviced apartments and a 5-star hotel. Upon completion, it will also be among the five tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur and be located at the site of the former Hotel Fortuna.

8) KL Metropolis

A city within a city, this commerce, living and transport hub will be over 75.5 acres and be one the region’s largest expo and convention centres that includes residences, hotels, shops and offices.

Think 2020 is The Worst Year Ever? Here Are 5 Years That May Have Been Worst

Social distancing becoming a lifestyle, indoor dining becoming a thing of a past, trips abroad being prohibited and a global health crisis responsible for up to a million deaths, some of us are already calling 2020 the worst year ever, but is it really?

Considering that the end of 2020 is still a month and a half away, we’ve yet to see what it’s fully capable of and there are already much worthy candidates in the history books for the title of worst year ever.

1) 536 AD

Considered one of the worst periods in history to be alive, Icelandic volcano eruptions led to people in this time without a Sun for up to 18 months. Smoke clouds from the eruption blanketed Europe and much of Asia resulting in a 1.5 to 2.5 degrees Celsius drop in summer temperatures, the coldest decade on record in 2000 years.

Crops began failing in parts of Ireland, Scandinavia and China before a second eruption happened again in 541, dropping summer temperatures again by 1.4 to 2.7 degrees Celsius in Europe.

To top of a bad few years, the “Justinian” bubonic plague was spreading through the Mediterranean in 541 to 543 where it led to 35% to 55% of the population being perished.

2) 1347

The bubonic plague began rampaging across Europe and parts of Asia; sailors aboard the ship that brought the plague to the Sicilian port of Messina had more dead than alive who were themselves already gravely ill and covered in black boils that oozed blood and pus.

60% of Europeans were wiped out and although it ended it returned years later, it brought to one of the foremost solutions to a global health pandemic – social distancing.

3) 1816

Known as “The Year without a Summer”, Mount Tambora erupted in Indonesia and spewed out millions of tons of ash and sulphur into the atmosphere, covering skies around the world and resulting in misery and starvation.

12,000 Indonesians were killed outright by the eruption that subsequently wiped off Mount Tambora by half; its peak elevation went from 14,000 ft to 9,000 ft, almost by half. 

Snow started falling during June in Europe and North America while temperatures were below freezing in July. The sky remained dark almost permanently which led to crops failing, famine and a long period of unrest.

4) 1919

Millions perished from the Spanish flu in a time where many thought to be the year the seeds for World War 2 was also planted.

The Treaty of Versailles were among the other factors that gave to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and we know what happened after that. 

Civil War in Russia resulted in the creation of Vladimir Lenin’s creation of Communist Soviet Union.

The maps of the Middle East were being redrawn, which created disputes that last on to this day.

5) 1943

While the second World War created worldwide unrest, the result of it wasn’t seen fully until the end of it when it was revealed with the millions of Jews perished during the infamous Holocaust. 

16 million dead from the Soviet Union, 9 million from Germany, 20 million from China, and this all only adds on the 85 million dead worldwide due to reasons such as famine, war crimes, population transfers and contaminated food and water. 

5 Things Dog Owners Can Relate To

Close up of a Border Collie being held and looking direct into the camera. A loving expression on the dogs face.

They’re goofy, they’re playful, they’re wholesome, dogs can be ridiculously adorable or downright disgusting at times but one thing for sure is that they never fail to bring joy to any with a simple nose “boop”.

Although usually placed higher than cats in the pet ranking list by many, having a dog is like having a kid around the house, you’d never know what they’ll do next; whether it be knocking over the vase, running head on into a sliding window or actually eating your homework, these “doggos” offer an experience of having a kid without actually needing to have a kid.

Here are 5 things every dog owner can relate to.

1) Dog hair is part of the house now

After years of watching that little pup growing into a full-sized adult, you’ve learned to accept the fact that dog hair is everywhere now. From the floors of your bedroom to every item of clothing in your closet, it is now part of your home.

2) No bathroom privacy

Dogs love you so much that they can’t spend a minute away from you, even if you’re taking that time off for a little loo time. Seeing their owners walk in a room and not appear again for the next 15 minutes is just too much to bear; that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own solution for it though as they’ll just have to scoot on in, make a bed out of toilet paper and look deep into your eyes while you handle your business.

3) Dog food is more gourmet food than yours

You’re fine with eating instant ramen or quite literally anything that is on sale at the grocery store because you’re used to the “college student” lifestyle. When it comes to your dog though, it’s as complicated as a Starbucks special menu order; only organic, non-GMO, gluten and dairy free whole foods that are produced by a farmer/artist named Abdul from the depths of rural Kelantan for that good boy.

4) Picking up poop doesn’t feel like picking up poop anymore

You don’t pick up your own poop or even someone else’s poop, but for your dog, you won’t hesitate for even a second to pick that bad boy from off the floor. Why do we do that? Maybe we’re just proud of the fact that they know how to do their business outside of the house now or we’re just giving our pals a hand, quite literally.

5) Your phone is full of their pictures

We get it, they’re cute. That isn’t enough though as you’ve got to let the whole world know about your pupper and its cuteness. Other than that, your Instagram and Snapchat stories are usually filled with their faces either close up near the “snooter” or from a full-on photoshoot of it hopping around the grass.

5 Things Cat Owners Can Relate To

In a world divided by dog owners and cat owners, some of us simply appreciate these animals by who they really are.

Although cats are usually coming in as second best, they’re still fun to look at on the internet as the YouTube recommendations show; to share your space with them however, can be tricky and could even develop what some would call a cat-fear. 

Luckily the experience of owning a cat is still what one could consider as an experience, so here are the five top things every cat owner can relate to.

1) We think of our cats before buying any furniture or clothes

Clawing. Yes, it’s an unlockable perk that comes with every cat. Some of us cat owners have specific shirts we would rather wear and not wear around our cat while our furniture can’t escape from the ever-disturbing clawing. Safe to say though, cat owners obviously live with the fact that their clothing and furniture are suffering, but they’re completely fine with it.

2) Worried about leaving your pets alone at home? Not so for cat owners

When you go on vacation and are away from home for a few days, chances are that your cat is on vacation too, but at home. Unless if your cat has certain dietary restrictions or medical necessities, it’s all gravy for you to just leave a bunch or food and water out while having litter that will last.

3) They were built for photoshoots, but don’t often stay still

Cats know what’s up when you storm out of the room to look for your camera; and just like that, that opportunity for a photoshoot would usually be gone. Although, your eyes won’t forget the extravagant sight that once was.

4) Cat toys only work until they don’t

It can have feathers or even one of those dingily bells that makes every other dog go heads over heels, but it is likely that cats are more interested in toys that don’t move at all. Toys do have the charm to make a cat hop around, but the charm of it doesn’t last as anything plastic and still would instead keep your cat entertained for hours and hours.

5) Another one and another one

We don’t really know when to stop do we. Introducing new cats to one another may be a pain at first as they are quite territorial, but when they bond, it is as if they were a match made in heaven. Known stereotypically as the “cat lady”, it’s pretty similar to having tattoos as cat owners don’t often see any issue to owning just one more.

Mahathir’s Secret Recipe to Staying Healthy at 95 Years Old

At 95 years old and out of a second term as Prime Minister when he was 94 two years ago, Mahathir remains an icon for this country.

Once the world’s oldest leader of a nation, one couldn’t help but to what is the secret behind the former Prime Minisiter and how is it that he has managed to balance his health and politics at such an endearing age.

One of it, is to read the news every day in order to keep the mind active; in his column “Here’s my recipe for staying healthy” published in the New Sunday Times, regular reading helps with talking or making speeches as memory of certain words or phrases would then spring to mind. 

He also says to eat healthy and not to overeat unnecessarily because “the body really does not need a lot of food except when one is young and growing. For them the food is needed to ensure good bodily growth. Still, the amount must not be more than what is needed.” 

To avoid blood pressure diseases, Mahathir also advises to eat less not to be obese as organs may then fail and shorten one’s lif         espan.

Personal hygiene is also one of the ways and Mahathir advises to brush one’s teeth every day after meals.

“One characteristic of the human body is that all the parts need to be used all the time in order for them to be healthy and to function well. If they are not used or neglected, they will wither and lose their ability to function” he said and went on to describe the most used muscles in the human body need to be developed well.

One other advice was to stand up and sit up straight as it’s associated with hunching of the back.

“This progressive bending can be mitigated or avoided by consciously sitting or standing upright. It also prevents loss of height. Horse riding helps as it is important to sit in the saddle consciously upright to avoid backache.” 

“At all times stand upright like a military officer. Also, when walking it is important to keep a straight back. These deliberate straightening of the spinal column strengthens the bones and prevents them from collapsing.” he wrote, finishing with training himself to be disciplined as well, though he tends to get emotional about loyalty to country.

UNIQLO’s Other “Roadside” Stores around Asia

UNIQLO’s first roadside store opened in Japan in 1985, fast forward to today there is soon to be 5 of them across southeast Asia.

Scheduled to open in December 2020, Malaysia’s UNIQLO roadside and community-based store will be launching in the township of Bandar Sri Damansara.

“It is a new type of store for Malaysia that complements our existing network of mall-based stores.” said Uniqlo Malaysia and Singapore chief executive officer Yuki Yamada

“Our new store is carefully designed to ensure enough space and accessibility for all, including families with children, elderly people and people with disability, and will feature its own car park for our customers.”

While we’re a month away from the opening of the store, we found other roadside stores that UNIQLO has opened before this which gives an insight on how the store in Malaysia might look like.

1) Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

UNIQLO’s biggest Asian flagship store, it is located in the prime position of Myeongdong, one of the main shopping districts in central Seoul and is a tourist attraction by itself next to the streets

2) Yangmei District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

Similar to the ones in the Philippines and Thailand, this store is located along a three-lane road, next to a hardware store and is opposite a governmental building.

3) Westgate Center, Metro Manila, Philippines

With its huge presence in metro Manila, its roadside store opened just 22km away from the city in September 2019.

4) Phatthanakan Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Opened in March of 2018, it was the first roadside store opened in Southeast Asia