Time Out- International Icon: Local Focus.
Time Out is an international, multimedia publisher of cultural experiences that provides inspiration to city dwellers around the world. Currently operating regular magazines in 30 cities around the world and guidebooks in several more, the Time Out brand is instantly recognised and trusted by residents in all the world's top cities.
In the summer of 1968, with only a £70 present from his aunt, Tony Elliott (a classmate of Richard Branson) published the first issue of Time Out London. In his opening editor's letter, Tony wrote: 'We have tried to make our information as comprehensives as possible but at the same time we have been very selective, in so much as the places we list are the places we think are worth your attention'.
True to his word and that commitment to his readers to offer a ruthlessly independent mag, Tony remains at the helm of Time Out's global empire today, committed now as then. In 2008, Time Out turned 40 and its reach has never been greater.
One of the newer members of the Time Out global network, Time Out Kuala Lumpur is an independent magazine and website published by a small team of hard working, dedicated and passionate KL-ites. Virtually every single letter or every single word of every single article is researched, written and edited by local residents.
Time Out KL is your guide to better living. Since launching in April 2008, we've become the pre-eminent entertainment magazine in the city. No one captures the pulse of this town and puts that heartbeat in print and online like we do. And we're trusted. We're committed to editorial independence. We don't take freebies and we always review anonymously- NO OTHER MAGAZINE IN KL CAN CLAIM THE HIGH STANDARDS OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY THAT WE DO- FACT.
We preview, investigate and celebrate everything that's hot and happening by tapping into KL's vast social spectrum of food, arts, bars, theatre, dance, film, spas, sport, fashion, nightlife, and music. Think of the mag in your hands and the website at your fingertips as bottled lightning - proof we live in a rich, racy, unique metropolis and that KL is a great city which deserves a great magazine and that Time Out is it.
Why does Time Out work so well in KL? Because local KL-ites are fun, interesting, diverse people with intelligent, sophisticated tastes, but who are patronised to by many other local media whose bland, PR, driven content fails to engage them. They deserve genuine, quality articles and to know the full extent of what's going on in the city they live and love. We strive to feature the good, the innovative and important and to go beyond the obvious to reveal the unusual, unexpected and undiscovered.
Above all, our responsibility is to our readers. And although they're just as likely to be males as female and vary in age from 18 to 81, Time Out readers have a lot in common. They are affluent and intelligent, they're busy and savvy and, most of all, they like going out - to restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs but also into greater KL and all it's natural wonders - the parks, malls, streets and sprawling suburbs.
A magazine so firmly in the service of the people needs good people fueling its fire. Everyone who works for Time Out is passionate, even fanatical, about their subject. Time Out journalists are connected, respected and engaged - that makes them the best qualified people in town to collect definitive information in an entertaining way. Our reporters' mission is to do the best job possible of guiding both KL-ites and overseas visitors through the city we love and whose endless pleasures and hidden treasures are out there waiting to be discovered. What better way to do it than via a series of 12 mini-cultural magazines bolted together in 80 pages as Time Out Kuala Lumpur?
Let's cut to the chase - Time Out is the clued-up urbanites' most trusted guide to life. But even we're sometimes amazed by the prodigious amount of culture KL offers. That's why we publish our magazine in tandem with a website filled to the gills with erudite but acerbic news, reviews, interviews, previews, investigations and footage, much of it created exclusively for the website. A few clicks away at you'll find a gateway to a comprehensive archive of all the informed, up-to-date information you'll need to get the best out of KL.With a year under our belt now and for the next 100 and beyond, Time Out Kuala Lumpur will strive to uphold Tony Elliott's pledge, inspiring the experiences that create the stories of a richer life.
Editor: Lim Chee Wah - Famed journalist par excellence, Chee Wah is the creative genius behind many of Time Out KL's biggest and best features. He has risen through the ranks of the Time Out team rapidly to lead them to their most ambitious and successful issues ever. As well as overall editorial duties, Chee Wah drives the Food and Travel sections, two of TOKL's biggest and most popular.
Deputy features editor, Shopping & Style editor: Emma Chong - It’s not easy writing about shopping for a living, but someone has to do it. Emma’s credit card has found its way across all the malls and most of the boutiques in the Klang Valley, and the proof of the pudding is in the writing. Emma also co-manages Time Out KL’s monthly features – a task that involves much running around, phone-calling and placating of egos – and curates the city’s funniest in Borak borak.
Deputy features editor, Film and Around Town editor: Kong Wai Yeng - Wai Yeng is dubbed ‘Around Town’, named after the section she edits because they both form an inseparable entity. Known as a speed walking cyborg, she has combed the back alleys of Brickfields, befriended some kopitiam owners in the oldest part of KL, and interviewed a bunch of grown men playing with giant glowsticks. Wai Yeng also helms the Film section, and believes that Hong Kong films are squaring up to the Oscar big boys.
Web writer: Syarifah Syazana - Football fan and crazy cat lady in the making, Ana literally brought the Time Out KL blog to life. As a web writer she is forced to keep things brief, funny and SEO-friendly, but these have also caused her to develop lightning fast fingers and a penchant for making lists. The high points of her career thus far have been interviewing a baker about the best bread to put on cats, and turning down The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s invitation to hang out post-concert.
Web writer: Surekha Ragavan - Surekha is the self-proclaimed KL whiz responsible for listings, features and blog updates on timeoutkl.com. When she is not busy hopping about the city in a vintage dress looking for the next best bowl of pork noodles (it’s all for the readers), Surekha enjoys reading, Woody Allen films and scouring the web for superficial capsules of news.
Staff writer: Wong Boon Ken - Boon Ken believes in three things: Home, good music and the goodness of an early night in. The ardent theatre-goer can often be found in his messy flat, watching either soccer on the telly or ‘Mad Men’ on his laptop, if he’s not reluctantly out exploring his adopted city. He also wonders why the local music scene is more rock than twee and hopes to one day catch Belle & Sebastian live again.
Reporter: Ian Loh - An extensive knowledge of KL’s nightlife scene isn’t all that Ian brings to the table – equipped with four languages and a hat collection to rival Imelda’s shoes, Ian is a writer, clubber, drinker and shopper. He can detect the far-off rumblings of a bar opening a mile away, and has braved the wilds of Brickfields for the sake of beer. And don’t hold it against him, but once he interviewed a Playboy bunny.
Art Director: Anthony Lau - Acclaimed designer, Anthony is responsible for all the pages of Time Out KL. Bringing life to the tried-and-tested design format of these pages, Anthony has the unenviable task of setting everything, and then doing the dozens of re-designs that are necessary to accommodate all the new information coming in from the team throughout the month.
Designer: Teresa Moh - When she’s not indulging her constant need for travel and inspiration, you’ll find Teresa deskbound in the Time Out KL office. Here she designs pages and accommodates ridiculous requests from the team, the least of which so far has been sticking sequins on a Mickey Mouse figurine. As the designer she gets to see the magazine before everyone else, getting the firsthand scoop on what’s going on in KL.
Within the site you will find everything you need to know about what to do, where to eat and where to go in Kuala Lumpur - where nightlife, entertainment and the arts are booming like never before.
We have visited hundreds of venues including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, spas, shops and hotels. We review all venues and events with complete editorial independence and without influence from advertisers.
Both savvy Kuala Lumpur residents and visitors planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur will find everything they need to know on this site. If you live in Kuala Lumpur you can also buy Time Out Kuala Lumpur Magazine. If you are planning a visit to Kuala Lumpur then we would recommend you buy the Time Out Kuala Lumpur City Guide - available late 2008 in your home country or through www.timeoutkl.com.
Time Out is available to buy for just RM 6.90 at all good bookstores and "mamak" stands in the Klang Valley.
If you are going to stay in a good hotel then there should be an up to date copy of Time Out Magazine in your room. If there is not, please ask the Manager why not and email us.
Time Out Kuala Lumpur and timeoutkl.com are published by and copyright of :
Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd (580051-K)
Level 36 Menara AmBank
No 8 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03-2166 6650
Fax: +6 03-2166 6651
Please bear in mind that owners, managers and governments can change their arrangements at any time. Before you go out of your way, we strongly advise you to phone and check opening times, dates of events and all other particulars. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for any errors it may contain.
Time Out Kuala Lumpur is published under the authority and collaboration with Time Out International Limited, London UK. Time Out ® is the registered trade mark of Time Out Group Limited, London UK. The right to use the trade mark, name and logo of "Time Out" are licensed from Time Out Group Limited, London UK.